The Allotment Vegan Eatery

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£41 and over
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Vegetarian / Vegan

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The Allotment Vegan Eatery is an entirely plant-based, gluten-free restaurant on Lloyd Street in Manchester city centre, near Albert Square.

You can choose from our A La Carte Menu (available Mon - Sat 12pm - 9pm/Sun 6pm)

We have a cosy dining room with an adjoining bar area with our more relaxed Small Plates Menu, also serving quality beers, wines and spirits, and seasonal cocktails.

We are happy to accommodate larger parties- for bookings of 7 people or more, please call (0161 478 1331) or email (hello@allotmentvegan.co.uk) the restaurant directly.
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was really disappointing- the service was keen and friendly, but pretty disjointed and not particularly professional.

Change of chef? Lunchtime chef? Don’t know, first visit based on reputation, I wouldn’t come back.

RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Vegan eatery and a bonus as all gluten free and hadn’t realised. Only had a main because we were so full and couldn’t stay for long. Will be back!

SR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative menu showcasing what can be done with plant ingredients. All served up with friendly service.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When The Allotment was based in Stockport, the food was outstanding and the service was excellent.
We have visited The Allotment in Manchester City Centre around 3 or 4 times now. It’s definitely not what it used to be. On previous visits, there were no cocktails available and there were a few items on the menu that were unavailable.

I had high hopes for this visit with them having recently had a menu update and having not visited for a while. When booking a table online, it stated there was only ‘bar seating’ available as the main area was fully booked. I messaged the restaurant and they advised to add a note to our reservation stating that we wanted to be seated in the restaurant and they should be able to accommodate us, which I was really pleased about.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were seated quickly, however I did notice that there were plenty of tables available. Definitely not fully booked. It took longer than expected for our order to be taken, approximately 20 minutes. This time there were 5 cocktails to choose from, one of which I ordered and was quite nice. Before ordering our food, we were advised that the fryer had gone down so some menu items would be unavailable. Considering there are quite a few items on the menu that require a fryer, investing in a second fryer would definitely be beneficial, especially as everything my husband wanted to order he could no longer order and was a bit stuck with what to choose.

The food was quite tasty but I wasn’t bowled over. We had to ask for water for the table and we weren’t asked whether we wanted more drinks.

The staff in general just didn’t seem to have much enthusiasm in relation to the food or the restaurant itself, a bit of a let down.

It’s a shame because the venue itself is nice and well located and I really hope this place sticks around as there are not many ‘fine dining’ vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Manchester. The service and food has to improve though.

CH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff fantastic food great place to go 5*................,...................

SH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Lovely meal but service was poor. Even though it was not busy it took a while for someone to take the drinks and good order. Was then told certain items were not available even though it was early. That said the food is amazing so would still go back

VS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointed. It was not good value for money. Avoid.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We ate here last year and it was outstanding - amazing food and service that matched - we were really looking forward to our return visit. This year was not great. Everything was average at best.

JA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

I found the restaurant underwhelming following the impression given by the website. Unsure if linked to the fact the restaurant is underground/below street level, the entire place was freezing and the decor very basic/cheap. (Sorry- I really wanted to like it!) Credit to the staff who were super polite and friendly- 5* for them! The food was more street style than I expected and to be honest I struggled to find something that grabbed me on the menu. Albeit my husband demolished all his so kudos to the chef, it might just be my tastebuds. I would say go, for sure; but stick on your comfies (inc a jumper!) and appreciate it’s gonna be tasty, not fancy x

EP
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely venue. Food was delicious. Not a great choice on desserts. Would have liked to see fresh fruit, but the hazelnut tart was great. We'll go again and my daughter is there tonight!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Service was slow and the food lacked flavour. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't be back in a hurry.

JS
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, really attentive and friendly staff and delicious food! Would 10/10 recommend to everyone! Thanks for a great experience

IO
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always visit this restaurant when I am in Manchester. Great vegan food and good service.

KG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved everything except the chocolate orange ‘cheese’cake. This was my first vegan restaurant trip and I was really impressed - the cauliflower started was fab.

DM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time at a Vegan restaurant. The choice was great. The food arrived quickly . We were eating quite early so it filled up as the time went by. Its a large space which added to the atmosphere. The portion sizes were larger than we had anticipated based on other reviews elsewhere so we slightly over ordered! The only dish that slightly disappointed was the cheesecake. The hazelnut slices easily made up for that! We would go again.

PE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There was a few things missing from the menu which is why I didn't give 5 stars as was slightly disappointed re this. Other than that loved it and will be back :)

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 10/10, the food was exceptional. We had starters, main and desert and each was a delight.

MC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for a late dinner, got informed earlier that they were having trouble cooking larger meals so we ordered smaller ones and a few of each. Really enjoyed everything we had especially the salt and pepper tofu.
We will visit again next time we’re in the area.

B
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Much better than when we dined on a previous occasion - everything was good but not outstanding - an everyday experience rather than anything special. Service was good and the portions generous.

BC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, lovely atmosphere, and friendly staff. Will definitely be returning! Cant recommended it enough!

K
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Such a shame there’s no longer a tasting menu, which used to be amazing and we came to Manchester especially for it. It’s a much more standard menu now, nothing special, just ok.

S
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It was a nice atmosphere and the restaurant and staff were nice. I found the food mediocre and a little too try hard to be special without the flavour and presentation. Clearer descriptions on the menu I think might be helpful too.

It was pleasant enough but much nicer vegan eateries in Manchester.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow, uncomfortable and did nothing to showcase vegan food.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved it. Best vegan meal I have had ever.. in fact, best meal I have had ever! My friend eats meat and could not believe how much she enjoyed her meal! The only thing we can add (if anything, because we loved it) is that the lights were bright, it has more of a café ambience... saying that, it could have just been where we were sitting and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal! Thank you

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a lovely relaxing place to eat. We found the cost high relative to the food. Limited choice overall and a little lacking in complexity.

AB
Spain
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

As a flexitarian I have always enjoyed eating here. Delicious food, good service and well priced. Great place for all occasions!

Y
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food indeed. Bursting with flavour. Loved it.

OW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Lovely food, friendly staff and fantastic atmosphere. Great for date nights or special occasions. I'll be back!

TJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very impressive meal at The Allotment - it was a quiet, casual, relaxing venue and the prices were very reasonable! Definitely one to return to!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing restaurant and the best plant based restaurant that I've visited so far. The food/cuisines are outstanding and the dishes are bursting with great flavour. Absolutely recommending to all!!

m
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and choice is excellent. The service was good but unfortunately we watched it be fantastic for everyone else and we were in a bit of a dead spot and our server was also on the bar and therefore didn't notice when we had finished and needed plates clearing and when we needed drinks and we then had to chase our main meal as well. The other servers were so attentive to their designated tables that it was hard to catch their attention when we needed things.
The live music was amazing and we wished it could have been a longer set. I would assume this was a one off experience and wouldn't let it affect going again but it was just a bit of a shame a great night had the edge taken off by not so good service for us.

MF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Really enjoyed lovely food and nice live music

PA
Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quality food in a great ambience. Service really good. Food a little pricey.

FS
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We have previously been to the allotment in STOCKPORT before it closed and that was an excellent experience.

The new allotment on Lloyd street in MANCHESTER was disappointing

1- Need more staff
2- Menu is acceptable but not great. Quality of Padrón peppers poor and the mains greasy .
3- Slow service and patchy
4- it was a 50th birthday and the allotment was exclusively selected for this ocassion . I also informed the restaurant in the morning about this . I also informed the waiter on arrival about my wife’s 50th. We did not even have a verbal happy birthday wish and I felt very disappointed about this and embarrassed . A very small simple gesture of thank you for choosing the Allotment would have been enough.

At the present I cannot recommend this restaurant and fallas behind many many excellent restaurants I. manchester

r
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

food is excellent and i would return but staff need to improve as it took ages between courses and the plates were not cleared for about half an hour - need to give this feedback so you can improve as a vegan restaurant !

HZ
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was very overpriced and unfortunately wasn't worth the money paid.

EB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely food and great atmosphere with the live music.

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time of visiting great food friendly staff really enjoyed our dining experience here.

JC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at a vegan restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend anyone to try.

FL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was beautifully presented. Service was a bit slow (possibly due to not enough staff) but this gave us plenty of time to enjoy our food.
The food was interesting and tasty. It was a great opportunity to try new things and the staff were helpful with advice about the food and the wine. The restaurant has a fresh appearance with plants dotted about. We will definitely return!